WASHINGTON – A recent early morning base clean up on the north side of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) yielded an estimated 30 cubic yards of garbage being collected, according to Air Force Capt. Nathan Olsen, director of production for JBAB’s Public Works Department.
The clean up, which JBAB arranges for every quarter, saw more than 100 civilian volunteers and service members from the Air Force and Navy team up and tackle the roads and ball fields near the Firth-Sterling Gate. Navy Chaplain (Cmdr.) Wesley Sloat, of JBAB’s Chapel Center, was one of those lending a hand to the effort.
“It’s great to have everyone come together like this and show support for the community,” Sloat said. “Little by little, what we did today does in fact make a difference.”
Residents of JBAB will also keep with tradition Saturday, April 20 and participate in an annual Anacostia River clean up. The occasion coincides with Earth Day - which first began in 1970 and is now celebrated in more than 175 countries worldwide.
The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area will have a variety of activities throughout April to help celebrate Earth Day 2013. The following is a list of some of those events.
Earth Month at Union Station: April 1-30. A month-long celebration that features interactive, eco-friendly exhibits and activities to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability.
Potomac Watershed Cleanup: April 6 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Families can help remove trash from one of 276 sites along the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
U.S. Botanic Garden: April 19 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy cooking demonstrations with seasonal produce and meet with representatives of environmental organizations from throughout the region.
Earth Day at the National Zoo: April 20 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free and open to the public. No ticket required. Celebrate Earth Day and meet the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Green Team experts, participate in “green”-themed crafts, and learn simple daily actions that help you enjoy a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Alexandria Earth Day: April 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Ben Brenman Park. This event focuses on efficient and eco-friendly transportation options such as walking, bicycling, ride sharing, and riding public transit. Activities include recycling and composting demonstrations, live music, an Arbor Day tree planting, a performance by Blue Sky Puppets, and a launch of the Eco-City Action Plan Phase II.
Earth Day at National Aquarium: April 21 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. National Aquarium experts will be on hand to present animal encounters including a critter talk about their adorable baby loggerhead sea turtle and a feeding with their juvenile American alligators.
Earth Day: A family celebration at Tudor Place: April 21 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The historic house and garden in Georgetown hosts a family event with activities including games, a scavenger hunt, painting flower pots and planting them with seeds from the historic garden. Eco-friendly refreshments will be served.
Earth Day Festival at Brookside Gardens: April 21 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Wheaton, Md. Help celebrate by also helping with a volunteer planting project from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Guests can join walks and tours, shop at the green craft and vendor fair, and let the kids enjoy activities and crafts throughout the afternoon. Kids will grow their own salad bowl by planting lettuce, or take part in a tree adventure scavenger hunt. Volunteers must pre-register by calling (301) 962-1429.